W4 Discussion .pdf - Theory analysis takes a critical look at the various components and linkages within any given nursing theory While there are a

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Theory analysis takes a critical look at the various components and linkages within any given nursing theory. While there are a variety of methodologies described, the key components or areas of consideration are comprehensiveness and parsimony (Melnyk & Fineout-Overholt, 2015; McEwen & Wills, 2014). Comprehensiveness asks if the theory can be used in all areas of practice, whereas parsimony takes a close examination of the multiple parts of the theory (Parker & Smith, 2015; Walker & Avant, 2011). While there are a variety of approaches to the analysis of theory available in literature, most strategies focus on similar criteria (McEwen & Wills, 2014). In addition to determining comprehensiveness and parsimony, theory analysis involves looking at the usefulness of theory. Is the theory being used by direct patient caregivers and nurse educators, or is it restricted to one specific area of practice? What about the fruitfulness? Are other nurses publishing on how they are using the theory For the nursing profession, a nursing theory provides a view of or a window into the reality of nursing. It guides the thinking about and the doing of nursing. A comprehensive theory includes an explanation of both the noun and verb aspects of the profession, as well as a consideration of the concepts of the nursing metaparadigm: person, health, environment, and nursing (Melnyk & Fineout-Overholt, 2011; McEwen & Wills, 2014). Theories go beyond interventions to

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